The Homer Laughlin China Company and its employee members of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers Union (GMP) Local 419 reached an agreement on a new three-year labor contract. Union officials, led by Tom Hubbard, GMP Local 419 president, informed Homer Laughlin that the agreement had been confirmed. Approximately 600 union-represented employees are covered by the approved contract.

Homer Laughlin President Elizabeth McIlvain says, “Although healthcare prices have continued to rise, we were able to reach an agreement that suited both parties. This three-year contract demonstrates that both sides were committed to reaching a consensus.”

“The approved contract is good news for Homer Laughlin, but also for our community, the union, our employees and, of course, our customers,” McIlvain adds. “We thank our represented employees who have solidly backed this agreement. It not only provides a good job package, but also allows us to continue the manufacture of our high-quality, American-made dinnerware right here in West Virginia, USA.”

The Homer Laughlin China Company, founded in 1871, is the largest domestic tableware manufacturer in the United States, employing over 800 skilled craftsmen in a 37-acre facility. Together, the Homer Laughlin China Company and Hall China are the HLC Inc. family of companies. HLC’s diverse range of lead-free commercial dinnerware meets every conceivable need for today’s discerning chefs and restaurateurs. Setting the tone—not just the table—is at the heart of the HLC commitment to its customers. For more information, please visit

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